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IBM Thinkpad Not Booting

By Jono91
Mar 17, 2006
  1. Hi,
    I have an IBM Thinkpad and whenever i turn it on, it freezes at the first screen it displays, the Logo screen. I have tried resetting the BIOS but i don't know how on laptops. I've tried pressing the keys it says on the screen but it doesn't do anything. and i have tried putting in a bootable cd in but that doesn't work.

    Please help! :knock:
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    It is probably malfunctioning hardware - RAM or hard drive most likely.

    If the machine is under warranty, take it to repairs. If not, try removing the hard drive and see if things improve (you should end up with an error message). If you have two memory modules, try them one by one.
     
  3. Jono91

    Jono91 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Ok, i tried some different RAM but that did nothing. And i don't know how to get the HD out. My mum has important things on there so i want to salvage that if i can.
    And btw it is a IBM Thinkpad T21
     
  4. Jono91

    Jono91 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 52

  5. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    unfortunatly connecting a nbHDD to a desktop or another laptop is near impossible, unless your a genius and can rig up a cable for ti or you have one of those wigits..

    you will need to get your hands on an external hdd case for notebook hdds.. connects to a usb or firewire depending on what you get.
     
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    A 2.5-to-IDE hard drive adapter costs next to nothing and lets you use the notebook drive as any other IDE drive. An external enclosure would be a solution too, but would hinder any data recovery from the drive.
     
  7. Jono91

    Jono91 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 52

    How would i get my hands on one of those?
     
  8. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Visit your local friendly computer/electronics shop?
     
  9. Jono91

    Jono91 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 52

    yeh i work at one, but i have never heard of one before!
     
  10. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

  11. Jono91

    Jono91 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 52

    i have asked a friend if i can borrow their external hd case so hopefully that works. Thanls for helping out, nodsu. :)
     
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